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Naming method which returns boolean

Poobhathy Kannan
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Joined: May 26, 2004
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I have a method which returns boolean .see bellow

public boolean getDigitalPhase()
{
return isDigitalPhase;
}

Which is a good naming for this method
1. getDigitalPhase()
2. isDigitalPhase()


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nils appeldoorn
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 16
isDigitalPhase() should be the correct one, if you'd like to follow naming conventions
Stan James
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Joined: Jan 29, 2003
Posts: 8791
You'll see some other grammatical constructs from time to time ...

hasCooties();

canBoogieTillTheCowsComeHome();


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Ryan McGuire
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Joined: Feb 18, 2005
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Originally posted by Stan James:

hasCooties();
canBoogieTillTheCowsComeHome();


...or just about any phrase using (singular) "present tense" verbs.

talksTooMuch()
makesTheBestOfABadSituation()

So getHeight() would return an int or float, but getsHeight() would "obviously" return boolean.

Ryan
 
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